Driving a foreign car to and in Spain

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16 Sep 2016 13:30 by Pretzel Star rating. 2 posts Send private message

I've bought a static caravan on the Costa del Sol and plan to spend most of the year there.  As I won't be a property owner I guess I won't be a resident.  But I will be spending more than 6 months of the year - it'll be a lot more than a holiday home.  The plan is to buy my local (UK) garage owner's French-reg lhd car, which he's brought over to England for me.  (Having difficulty, first of all, in transferring ownership but that's another story!)   From all my headache-inducing googling it seems I must re-register a foreign car in Spain within 6 months, but I cannot own a Spanish-reg car if I'm not a resident!  I could do with some advice please.  If I can get my French-reg car into Spain, what then?  Bearing in mind I'll be there mroe than 6 months but won't be a resident.)  It's looking impossible for me to have a car in Spain!  Thanks in advance





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02 Oct 2016 11:06 by amespana Star rating. 9 posts Send private message

It doesn't matter if you own property or not,if you spend 183 days or more in Spain you are considered to be a resident.In fact you should register after 3 months.





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02 Oct 2016 11:53 by mariedav Star rating in Ciudad Quesada. 1068 posts Send private message

You can own a Spanish registered car as a non-resident. You just can't drive it in UK if you are a UK resident. 

 





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02 Oct 2016 13:55 by xJenny Star rating in Spain/England. 12 posts Send private message

Both I and my Husband own Spanish Reg cars in Spain and we both are not resident, I only know one person who had a French Reg car in Spain and she changed it to Spanish plates, must be the same as having a British Reg car, people change them alright and many are right hand drive cars as well.

We also stay for longer then 6 months 'Sometimes' and never had any problems with anything,  fact no one has every queried it.





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02 Oct 2016 14:49 by Tadd1966 Star rating in Los Montesinos. 1755 posts Send private message

I would have thought you would have needed an NIE to have bought the static caravan in Spain? If you have an NIE then you will be able to buy a car.

If you do not have an NIE how did you buy the static caravan?

See my post on your other thread regarding seeking expert advice for your own tax status etc.



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02 Oct 2016 16:12 by Kathyslad Star rating. 329 posts Send private message

Theoretically you need to be resident or have a property in Spain in order to be able to register a vehicle in your name. Evidence of a property would include a copy of the escritura, rental contract, padron etc, so I think you will have a problem registering it, as you wont have the required supporting documentation. 

 

 


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05 Oct 2016 18:37 by Pretzel Star rating. 2 posts Send private message

Thank you all for your replies and helpful info.  (As it happens, I have an NIE from previous residence, but I didn't need it to buy my new home.)  And after all this, the French car purchase fell through and I'm buying a Spanish-plate left-hand-drive car here in England to drive to Spain that has all its required paperwork.

Thanks again.





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